When I began working in the archives in 2009, I thought I’d soon get a fairly good idea of the Post’s archives.
That was before I really understood the size of the collection.
The Post—America’s oldest magazine—has an archive of over 9,000 issues, stretching back across 190 years. It’s a massive amount of periodicals that cover almost every aspect of America’s history.
But it isn’t just the size of the collection that makes it hard to know. It’s also the surprising diversity.
I’ve been digging through them for three years, researching and writing articles for the Post’s website, and yet I’m still occasionally surprised by its contents. Again and again, I’ve found articles and non-fiction that defy my expectations of a “typical Post story.”
Just like the artwork of Norman Rockwell, Post articles usually contain more skill and thought than you get from a first impression.